We don’t have a choice who our family members are but we certainly reserve the autonomy to choose our friends. Believe it or not, the people who you choose to associate with are a direct reflection of you. Simply, you are and will become who you choose to hang around with. Like the adage says, birds of a feather flock together. With that said, choose friends who are going to encourage you to be better.
I am truly fortunate to have the incredible circle of friends I currently have in my life. So much so, that I truly consider them brothers and sisters. These friends force me to be better than I already am. If all of your friends look up to you, you need new friends. Your circle of influence should motivate you to be better and vice versa. You cannot reasonably expect to soar with eagles if you dwell with turkeys. Choose to fly with the best. Being around people who motivate you to be better will ultimately improve and benefit your entire circle. Challenge each other.
There are three important keys to being a great friend; undeniable loyalty, staying committed and being dependable. A great friend is one who is there through the good times and especially through the bad. A great friend is one who supports you wholeheartedly, whether they agree with you or not. A great friend is one you can depend on and is always present when you need them not just when its convenient. A great friend is one who makes a life-long commitment to the relationship. Likewise, you cannot reasonably expect a friend to exemplify these attributes if you are not showing them that you’re capable of being loyal, committed or dependable to them as well; it works both ways.
Be the friend you expect your friends to be and you’ll never be disappointed. Change your circle of friends if the don’t challenge you to be great.
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